Summary: Bought this to replace an old unit from different maker. Very nice unit. The drain tube is a novel idea and really helps with draining/replacing the oil. I've only had this a short time but seems quite sturdy. There are less expensive units out there but I think this one will be worth the few extra $. Only disappointment is no timer, which my old one had. Hence the 4 stars. Actually should be 4 1/2 stars.
Summary: This is our second DeLonghi fryer. We had the more expensive one before. It had a motor to rotate the fry basket. Update: 5/03/2014: This fryer only heats the oil to 316 degrees even though I set it on 370. This was only the second time I used this; things didn't look right so I used an instant read thermometer to check the temp. It's past a month so I can't return it....$70 worth of junk. BE ADVISED: If you get one, use it and decide before 1 month.
Summary: I have one of these and I love it so I bought one for my two Grandsons, 18 and 20 years old. they have a small apartment so they needed something to use. They love it, got it for Christmas. I like how easy it is to empty and clean, gets hot fast and cools down fast. cooks food evenly and crisp.
Summary: Just received the new fryer and love it, the ease of draining and cleaning was wonderful....but the basket appears to be smaller than I pictured, and the magnetic cord will not stay attached. I appreciate the safety feature, but would really appreciate it if it remained in so that the oil could get hot and remain hot until the cooking cycle was complete.
Summary: We had a DeLonghi deep fryer for over 15 years that looked almost exactly as this most recent purchase. It is almost identical to our old faithful deep fryer and I'm glad that they still make this deep fryer and didn't abandon the design or discontinue making them.
Summary: I had one previous to this one and it performed perfectly for years until I wore it out. Shortly after, I decided I would try a different model, so I purchased a DeLonghi fryer with a rotating basket and found it wasn't as well made as this one.....the lid would fly off when I pushed the button to open the lid, the basket didn't always rotate as promised and the temperature didn't seem to be correct. However, this fryer performs perfectly...
Summary: This is my third DeLonghi -- all the same model. First two lasted quite a while -- no complaints. But they must be making it cheaper. When you press the lid release, it pops up AND OUT of its hinge sockets -- and can land anywhere. Since it is red hot, you'd better be careful picking it up and trying to get it back in. You need to keep your hand over the lid whenever opening.
Summary: I received this fryer is good condition.. (New) filled it with oil turned it on and it leaked oil (HOT) all over the counter top, down the cupboard then down to the floor in a matter of a minute turning my back to this was not a good idea. Sent it back will look for another. Any recommendation on a different fry is welcome.